Man Found Dead in Parked Car on Channel Drive

Body of James Victor Discovered Thursday Morning

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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A man was found dead in his parked car last week on Channel Drive near Butterfly Beach and the Biltmore Hotel.

James Victor, a 62-year-old Santa Barbara resident, had been in the silver Honda CRV for at least three and a half hours Thursday morning before passersby called authorities expressing concern. A Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched on a welfare check at around 12:30 p.m. and was forced to break through the driver’s window to reach Victor, who was declared dead at the scene. Family members had not reported him missing.

The cause of Victor’s death remains unclear pending the results of a toxicology report, but Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Sgt. Mark Williams said there is no evidence suggesting it was suspicious. “At this point it looks like it could be a natural death,” he said.

Victor was a regular fixture of the Cabrillo Art Walk and an avid paraglider. He leaves behind a wife and teenage son.


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I'd like to go while sitting near, or preferably on, the beach, and go peacefully with no pain. I hope that's how this happened for this man.

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 1:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree, that would be the way to go, after having enjoyed taking photos of a gorgeous place. I hope his family can find some consolation in that.

santabarbarasand (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2012 at 8:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It is a beatiful place to die, and some us can only wish that we will pass in such a way.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2012 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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